Sunday, August 28, 2016

Who is this artist? "Dawn Song", signed JOHN A

I purchased this sculpture at a house sale in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The owner told me that she thought the artist was from Taos. Maybe. I have not been able to identify the artist. Searching the Internet, I have found no other works with this signature.

Friday, August 12, 2016

God in me loves God in everything

The following is an excerpt from Richard Rohr’s meditation for Sunday, August 8, 2016. Rohr is a Roman Catholic priest and Franciscan Brother, O. F. M. [Order of Friars Minor], ordained in 1970. He is founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, here in Albuquerque.

"The True Self cannot really be hurt or offended. The false self—our egoic identity—is offended every few minutes. But if we notice when we take offence, and what part of us is offended (always a provisional identity), this will train us to gradually reside more and more in the Big Truth. (Most of John 14-16 circles around this message.) Thomas Keating charts conversion as a series of necessary humiliations to the false self.”—Richard Rohr

Here’s food for thought and what this blogger thinks about everyday. In these especially contentious times, how do we love our neighbors when so many around us stoke the fires of fear, distrust, anger, and hate? I am deeply troubled by the behavior I have seen for as long as I can remember among self-proclaimed evangelicals. There are no simple answers to how we live out this: God in me loves God in everything. And the Christian religion does not have a unique message regarding our love for one another as inhabitants of the world. All world faiths—Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Native American—teach what we call the golden rule. The law of reciprocity, i. e., the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated oneself. It is a maxim of altruism seen in many human religions and human cultures.

Matthew 7:12 King James Version (KJV) ”…12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” 

Mark 12:30-31, (KJV) “,,,3 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

Actions speak louder than words. We must all examine our hearts, all day and everyday. And we must learn to live out our days in loving one another, and then follow through. No exceptions.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Route 66 Indian trading post jewelry

Bracelet, stamped with a kachina symbol and STERLING,
one of the marks used by
Maisel's Indian Trading Post of Albuquerque NM, mid 20th century.
Ring unmarked.
The seller told me that the stones in both pieces are stabilized Kingman turquoise. If you don't want an answer plucked out of the air, don't ask. I guess all that matters is it's nice-looking turquoise, set in older mass-produced sterling silver for the tourist market.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Large Navajo Bolo--the kind of drama we like

Navajo Bolo. 5-1/2" by 2-1.2". Unsigned.
Flint set in sterling.
With pops of turquoise and Mediterranean coral.
Handmade sterling leaves.
Early 3rd quarter 20th century.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gomphrena globosa (Globe amaranth)

This pot of Gomphrena, an annual, was planted in 2011. It keeps performing as the blooms dry and produce seeds. If you're lucky, seeds will find their way to other spots in your garden. A lone seed germinated in a neighboring planter of Gallardia (blanket flower).


Friday, July 8, 2016

Broken but not spent

Hollyhocks, Albuquerque, July 8, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Roadrunner, of the bird type (Geococcyx californianus)

This guy was perched in my front garden when I pulled the trash barrels out toward the street this afternoon.
Two shots, just in case the first one didn't work out.

I moved in to get a better shot, but my hands were unsteady. I expected what he did next.

True to his name, this roadrunner has hopped down from the railroad timber and leaned forward to bolt.